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ISBN-10: 1612198163
ISBN-13: 9781612198163
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publish Date: 07/16/2019
Dimensions: 8.10" L, 5.40" W, 1.00" H

The Diary of a Bookseller

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A WRY AND HILARIOUS ACCOUNT OF LIFE AT A BOOKSHOP IN A REMOTE SCOTTISH VILLAGE Among the most irascible and amusing bookseller memoirs I’ve read. —Dwight Garner, The New York Times Warm, witty and laugh-out-loud funny… –The Daily Mail The Diary of a Bookseller is Shaun Bythell’s funny and fascinating memoir of a year in […]

A WRY AND HILARIOUS ACCOUNT OF LIFE AT A BOOKSHOP IN A REMOTE SCOTTISH VILLAGE

Among the most irascible and amusing bookseller memoirs I’ve read. Dwight Garner, The New York Times

Warm, witty and laugh-out-loud funny… –The Daily Mail

The Diary of a Bookseller is Shaun Bythell’s funny and fascinating memoir of a year in the life at the helm of The Bookshop, in the small village of Wigtown, Scotland–and of the delightfully odd locals, unusual staff, eccentric customers, and surreal buying trips that make up his life there as he struggles to build his business . . . and be polite . . .

In this wry and hilarious diary, he tells us the trials and tribulations of being a small businessman; of learning that customers can be, um, eccentric; and of wrangling with his own staff of oddballs. And perhaps none are quirkier than the charmingly cantankerous bookseller Bythell himself turns out to be.

Slowly, with a mordant wit and keen eye, Bythell is seduced by the growing charm of small-town life, despite–or maybe because of–all the peculiar characters there.

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"Among the most irascible and amusing bookseller memoirs I've ever read." –Dwight Garner, THE NEW YORK TIMES

"For anyone who has ever dreamed of owning a bookstore. Bythell's hilarious account will have those in the industry crying and those otherwise employed dropping their resume off at their local indie." THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

Bythell writes with biting humor . . . [He] is a man on a mission, and a year seen through his eyes convinces the reader that it is a mission worthy of undertaking. THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE


"Warm and funny, and deserves to become one of those bestsellers that irritate [Bythell] so much." THE MAIL ON SUNDAY

Entertaining and dryly humorous . . . the book is fascinating. THE MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE


With wit and humility, Bythell, owner of a used bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland, chronicles a year in the life of a bookseller . . . Bythell's narrative is lively and intelligent. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Sure to bring book lovers chuckles, nods of recognition and a surge of hope for bookshops everywhere. SHELF AWARENESS

Excruciatingly funny. BOOKLIST

Makes for entertaining reading . . . he has a keen waggishness which makes his reflections funny and memorable and this book a hoot. THE MEMPHIS FLYER

"A cheerfully depressing account of independent bookselling today–deadpan, ruthless, poignant, and at times, so charming it's almost unbelievable . . . surprisingly touching." QUARTZ

"Warm, witty and laugh-out-loud funny...will stay long in the memory." THE DAILY MAIL

"Wonderfully entertaining." THE OBSERVER (London)

"Peopled with fascinating characters . . . laugh-out-loud funny." THE SUNDAY HERALD

"It is hysterical. Anything that anyone ever wanted to know about what a bookseller really thinks is in here." –Caitlin Luce Baker, University Bookstore

Outspoken, hilarious and thought-provoking . . . It's the best inducement I've ever come across to set aside my occasional flirtation with e-readers, walk into a bookstore and get my hands on the real thing. BOOKREPORTER

Often hilarious . . . The Diary of a Bookseller is a charming mix of wacky characters and caustic diatribe, an ode to that perilous trade. THE RECORD

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ISBN-10: 1612198163
ISBN-13: 9781612198163
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publish Date: 07/16/2019
Dimensions: 8.10" L, 5.40" W, 1.00" H
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